Scripture Verse

Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11


Words: Au­thor un­known, 15th Cen­tu­ry or ear­li­er (Pu­er No­bis Nas­ci­tur). Trans­la­tor un­known.

Music: Waits’ Song Eng­lish tra­di­tion­al tune (🔊 pdf nwc).


St John’s Anglican Church
Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia

A child for us is born this day,
The an­gels’ king is He;
The Lord who ov­er all has sway,
Nursed here vouch­safes to be.

In man­ger where the ass­es fed
The Child di­vine is laid;
Whom they as Christ ac­know­ledg­èd,
As King and Lord ob­eyed.

With joy the an­gels fill­èd were,
And with the Lord do sing;
Glory to God above the sphere
In tune­ful notes does ring.

Then Her­od, who with fear was seized,
His en­vy great dis­plays;
With slaugh­tered babes must be ap­peased,
Whose gore his fear al­lays.

Thou who wast born as on this day
Of vir­gin Ma­ry pure,
Lead and con­duct us in the way
To joys which e’er en­dure.